• We honour and support the courageous work of women human rights defenders and feminist movements around the world, and we pledge to amplify their voices and stand behind their calls to action.
  • We’ve come a long way, but there are still mountains to climb to reach a world where women and girls, in all their diversity, have equal rights.
  • By standing with all women and girls, and the people who defend their human rights, by challenging discriminatory social norms and promoting equal rights of all, we can create more equitable, inclusive and just societies.
  • Stand With Her, and join the global movement towards gender equality.

International Women’s Day 2021

“Patriarchy works to exclude us. We must push back, in solidarity and sisterhood with other women, and with all those affected by discrimination and oppression.”
Women in healthcare

This International Women’s Day, on 8 March 2021, we look to the women leaders who have made extraordinary steps to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Women, especially those belonging to marginalised and discriminated groups, have been amongst the hardest hit by the pandemic and yet, they have been largely excluded from COVID-19 recovery efforts.

Genderbased violence

Women, especially those belonging to marginalised and discriminated groups, have been amongst the hardest hit by the pandemic and yet, they have been largely excluded from COVID-19 recovery efforts.

Women in demonstration

Whether fighting for better conditions for domestic workers, supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence, protecting our climate, or continuing the ongoing battle against systemic racial discrimination, women leaders around the world are keeping up the call for a better post COVID-19 world, where gender equality is at the heart.

After the pandemic, we have an opportunity to transform our world towards more equitable, inclusive, just, greener and sustainable post-pandemic societies.

Economic growth

After the pandemic, we have an opportunity to transform our world towards more equitable, inclusive, just, greener and sustainable post-pandemic societies.

Leadership

Women and girls, collectively and individually, represent an incredible force for change at all levels.

Women and girls’ leadership is today more crucial than ever – it is high time to turn the page.

Climate change

Women and girls’ leadership is today more crucial than ever – it is high time to turn the page.

Videos

We spoke to five inspiring women leaders who are keeping up the fight for change for a post COVID-19 world.

“Women are powerful. Women are amazing. We can do anything.”

Mitzi Tan is a climate justice activist from the Philippines.

“We need to reframe gender in a way that recognises all women, in all their diversity.”

Cleo Kambugu is a transgender woman from Uganda, leading efforts to better the human rights for trans people and sexual minorities.

“Our power was taken and we are reclaiming our power and we can do it.”

Editar Ochieng is a Kenyan activist, fighting for the rights of sexual violence survivors in Kibera, Nairobi.

“What guides me is persistence.”

Amina Bouayach is the President of the Moroccan National Human Rights Council. She is the first woman to head a national human rights institution in the region.

“Creating trust between women is key to driving women in leadership.”

Maria de Luz Padua is the Secretary General of the Union of Domestic Workers in Mexico, fighting for better conditions for an estimated 2.4 million staff.

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